Gerrard relieved with Suarez stay


Suarez, who scored twice on his Premier League return against Sunderland on Sunday, was once linked with a move to Real Madrid, while Arsenal lodged a £40,000,001 bid for the Uruguayan with the hope of triggering a release clause in his contract.

Suarez made no secret about his desire to leave Anfield but coach Brendan Rodgers stood firm, with the player since making peace with the team's management.

Gerrard told national newspapers: "Every day in the summer. When you have a player as good as Luis Suarez, you know that the big clubs are going to want him.

"I was waking up every morning, hoping that nothing would happen and that he would still be here.

"Nobody tried harder than me to make him stay and he knows exactly what I think of him. I knew if we could keep him here, the better our chances would be.

"He is a special type of footballer and he gives us something different. When the club got the message to him that they were not going to sell him, he got his head down and has worked hard. He has never given us a moment's problem.

"I think it is a credit to Luis for the way he has come back. A lot of players who have been in his position might have come back and spat the dummy out, not trying for the team. But he is not that type of guy.

"He realised that the club wanted to keep him and he has respected their decision. He is here now and he wants to stay. He wants to achieve something this season and he looks as hungry as he has ever done."

Suarez featured against the Black Cats after recently serving a 10-game suspension for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic late last season.